Rugby

Trinh-Duc gets France recall

2016-06-23 19:47
Francois Trinh-Duc (Gallo Images)

Tucuman - France have recalled flyhalf Francois Trinh-Duc while naming lock forward Yoann Maestri as captain for Saturday's second and final Test against Argentina.

Guy Noves's French side lost 30-19 to the Pumas last weekend so the coach has opted for greater experience for Saturday's decider.

"We have tried to be true to what we said at the start of the tournament -- we want to have the opportunity to have a look at everybody," said Noves.

"That will be the case, either starting the game or coming on during the match."

Trinh-Duc, 29, who has 54 caps, returns to the starting line-up in Tucuman in place of Jules Plisson, who was also skipper in the first Test. Baptiste Serin, of Bordeaux, starts at scrumhalf.

Other changes include starting places for Remi Bonfils at hooker, Julien Le Devedec in the second row, Kevin Gourdon in the back row and winger Xavier Mignot.

The 28-year-old Maestri, with 47 caps, has recovered from a rib injury to start as captain.

France team to play Argentina 

15 Maxime Medard (Toulouse), 14 Xavier Mignot (Grenoble), 13 Gael Fickou (Toulouse), 12 Remi Lamerat (Castres), 11 Djibril Camara (Stade Franais), 10 Francois Trinh-Duc (Montpellier), 9 Baptiste Serin (Bordeaux-Begles), 8 Kevin Gourdon (La Rochelle), 7 Louis Picamoles (Toulouse), 6 Loann Goujon (Bordeaux-Begles), 5 Yoann Maestri (capt, Toulouse), 4 Julien Le Devedec (Bordeaux-Begles), 3 Uini Atonio (La Rochelle), 2 Remi Bonfils (Stade Francais), 1 Jefferson Poirot (Bordeaux-Begles)

Remplacements: 16 Clement Maynadier (Bordeaux-Begles), 17 Lucas Pointud (Brive), 18 Rabah Slimani (Stade Francais), 19 Paul Jedrasiak (Clermont), 20 Kelian Galletier (Montpellier), 21 Sebastien Bzy (Toulouse), 22 Jules Plisson (Stade Francais), 23 Julien Rey (Bordeaux-Begles)

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